Everton manager Ronald Koeman still has the “total support” of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri despite the club’s underwhelming start to the season.
Moshiri thinks the supporters deserve better but believes a tough run of fixtures and injury problems are factors behind Everton’s poor run of results.
Everton were booed off after a 1-0 home defeat to Burnley on Sunday, which Moshiri described as the only “unexpected” loss of the campaign. It leaves the Blues 16th in the Premier League.
Koeman lost the run of himself in the transfer window and shipped in more players than Gary Player in a hall of mirrors.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea – £44million, Michael Keane – Burnley – £30million, Jordan Pickford – Sunderland – £25million, Davy Klaassen – Ajax – £24million, Nikola Vlasic – Hajduk Split – £8million, Henry Onyekuru – Eupen – £7million, Sandro Ramirez – Malaga – £5.2million, Josh Bowler – QPR – £4million, Nathangelo Markelo- FC Volendam – Undisclosed, Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – Free, Cuco Martina – Southampton – Free, Jose Baxter – Unattached – Free, Boris Mathis – Metz – Free and Anton Donkor – Wolfsburg – Loan.
Everton shipped nearly as many players.
Sunday’s 1-1 draw at St James’ Park left Liverpool in seventh place in the table, already seven points adrift of top two Manchester City and Manchester United after as many games.
However, Klopp is confident his team is on the right track and will continue to improve as the season unfolds.
“We will close the gap, however big it is, and we will see where we end. But it’s all about our own situation, not thinking about where the others are.”
Liverpool spent less buying Naby Keita (July, 2018) – RB Leipzig – £48m+, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Arsenal – £40m, Mo Salah – Roma – £39million and Andrew Robertson – Hull City – £8million but nearly matched Everton’s extreme clean out of players.
Both sides have clearly destabilised themselves and it will fascinating to see where these two are come Christmas.
Echoes of Tottenham’s not so ‘magnificent seven’.